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Mary Cain

Meet the Faculty

Mary C. Cain

Mary C. Cain

Associate Professor of History and Chair

Contact Information

Phone: 404.471.5375
Email: mcain@agnesscott.edu

Office Hours: Monday, 3:15-4:15
Wednesday, 9:30-10:30
Thursday, 2:00-3:00
and by appointment

Academic Degrees

B.A., Yale University
M.A., Emory University
Ph.D., Emory University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Professor Cain’s research centers on concepts of race, gender, privilege and power in early America. She is currently at work on a book project that examines white womanhood in the antebellum North. The study demonstrates that in the nineteenth century, white women contended with their subordinate gender position by emphasizing their race privilege—a strategy that, Cain argues, had painful ideological consequences for women of all races. At Agnes Scott she teaches courses in early US history, American women’s history, African-American history, the history of slavery, and historical methods.

Professional Activities

Professor Cain's publications includeThe Art and Politics of Looking White: Beauty Practice among White Women in Antebellum America” in Winterthur Portfolio (Spring 2008); Race, Republicanism and Domestic Service in Antebellum America” in Left History (Fall/Winter 2007); and “Rhetorics of Race and Freedom: The Expression of Women’s Whiteness in Anti-Slavery Activism,” which was awarded the 2006 Jerome Stern Prize for best article appearing in Studies in American Culture.

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